A warm welcome to all of the members of our Aroma Tours Newsletter in over 30 countries around the world.
Robbi is currently in Bali facilitating our Bali Women's Retreat and I am now back home in our lovely little cottage in south eastern Australia saying hello to our resident family of kangaroos and abundant wildlife. The awakening of spring is continuing with an abundance of daffodils, newly opening leaves, magnificent flowering wattles, blossoming fruit trees and an glorious days of rain with sunshine interspersed.
After 24 wonderful years, as we contemplate throttling back on the number of tours that we will be offering, Robbi and I feel truly blessed to once again be sharing our passion for the fabulous places and experiences that we love, with delightful people from around the world.
We are delighted to see that demand for next year's season is the strongest we have ever seen!
Without doubt, the main reason that we have grown and flourished over the years, is the on-going support we have received from our past Aroma Travellers and we are thrilled to see that they continue to make up almost 65% of our guests!
We would also like to give our heart-felt thanks to all of you who continue to support us with your kind words and referrals.
Robbi and I also greatly appreciate the wonderful words of thanks we have received over the years and have added a new compilation of Guest Comments to our site.
Robbi and I are so thrilled to see the outstanding beginning for our 2019 season ( our best ever result for this time of year ), with 3 tours already sold out, several down to the last few vacancies and the remainder at least half full.
The current booking status for our 2019 season at the time of this newsletter is:-
|Current List of Tours for 2019|
|Flavours of Spain||20 - 27 May 2019||1 vacancy|
|Spanish Gourmet Pilgrimage||27 May - 3 June 2019||SOLD OUT|
|Flavours of France (invite only)||10 - 17 June 2019||SOLD OUT|
|Heart of Provence||24 June - 1 July 2019||5 vacancies|
|Essential Provence||1 - 8 July 2019||5 vacancies|
Treasures of Provence
(ladies only special event)
|12 - 19 July 2019||2 vacancies|
|Aromas of Tuscany||3 - 10 September 2019||7 vacancies|
|Flavours of Italy||10 - 17 September 2019||7 vacancies|
|Bali Women's Retreat||7 - 14 September 2019||SOLD OUT|
|Bali Women's Retreat||16 - 23 September 2019||4 vacancies|
We have compiled a few more photos of our adventures in 2018 so that you can enjoy some of the lovely places and experiences that we have shared with our guests this year.
During most of our Provence tours each year we experience an amazing display of art sous terrain ( underground ) in a huge abandoned limestone quarry thanks to the work and vision of avante garde French artist Jean Cocteau.
Every year is a new extravaganza of colour and music and a few years ago we were treated to a mezmerizing display of the art of Mac Chagall. It was an amazing experience to be walking amongst these glorious art works - some 8 metres ( 26 feet ) tall.
"In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love." ~ Marc Chagall
Our "ladies only" special event Treasures of Provence last June was an absolutely divine experience and all of the lovely ladies who attended agreed that it was so wonderful to enjoy a week dedicated to all things feminine.
Both Robbi and our dear friend Megan Larsen will once again be sharing many of the delightful elements that they love about Provence, especially for women travellers desiring to be cared for and nurtured by the beauty that the French aspire to so well…Simply a beautiful immersion into the essence of French style and charm.
We have collected many lovely comments from our guests over the years but this one from Shannon and Scott Peck from the USA is one of our favourites.
"Our two Aroma Tours of Provence were beyond our wildest imagination in every way!
From the moment the tour began we found ourselves smiling and relaxing under the wonderful care of Robbi and Jim, who were both entertaining as well as super organized down to every detail. We didn't have a single worry the entire time!
Our job was to enjoy ourselves! That was rule #1! Their selection of places to see and things to do were superb! Every day we found ourselves almost overwhelmed by the beauty surrounding us, the exquisite meals, the history and inspiration.
We returned home feeling the most enriched we have every felt. I kept using the phrase, "blissed out!" throughout the tours. We miss Provence and its wonderful people!
We can never thank Robbi and Jim enough for the trip of our life time! And we deeply appreciate their constant care-taking and empathy towards our happiness, every day! It worked! You two are geniuses at this!" You did it all with great heart!
We look forward to another tour in the near future! Please don't retire just yet!" Thanks a billion for all the laughter, fun, and great times learning and experiencing the most wonderful place on earth!"
As well as couples and friends travelling together, we are regularly joined by solo travellers - mostly women, who appreciate being able to journey with liked minded people from around the world, without the need to do all the planning and take on the daunting task of touring by themselves.
Joining one of our small group tours is easy and we have already made all of the arrangements on your behalf to ensure that you have a delightful, stress-free holiday with the focus on having fun.
Having a ready-made group of friends to travel with, and us to take wonderful care of you is the way to go!
We have carefully crafted off-the-beaten-path itineraries that are the perfect balance of structure, experiences, details and free time to enjoy in your own way.
There have been a significant number of guests over the years who and have joined us multiple times, some of whom have become dear friends.
Robbi and I look forward to welcoming you to one of our delightful tours or retreats as we continue moving towards our retirement in the next few years.
Jim and Robbi